I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live with little, and I know how to live with plenty.
Reflection: A peaceful spirit is attainable.
All you need is the will to count your blessings, the wisdom to accept the things you cannot change, and the courage to change the things you can.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, console me, comfort me, and give me peace of soul.
Let us therefore cast aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
This Lent Reject Every Trace of Envy...
Reflection: Envy is sadness over the good fortune of another. Learn to spot that sadness when it arises in your heart, and then stamp it out.
Focus on your own unique qualities, not what you lack. Do not allow sadness to rule your heart.
Prayer: Lord, let me praise You when I resent the good fortune of others.
All things work together for good for those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.
You Are So Lovable
Reflection: It's true, once you have faith deep enough to realize how much God loves you, you will have to feel good about yourself....
God thinks you are lovable, and He is never wrong.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for loving me.
Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and curing every type of disease and illness among the people.
Reflection: It was in Galilee that Jesus began His ministry of teaching, preaching, and curing every disease and illness among His people. He did all these things because they were open to listening to His word and to believing what they were being taught.
Do we need to listen better?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, open my heart and my mind that I may hear Your word. Bring healing into every area of my life so that I am made whole in mind, body, and soul.
A leper came to him (and kneeling down) begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean." The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean (Mark 1:40-42)
Therefore, we love because He first loved us.
-1 Jn 4:19
Be Kind to Yourself This Day...
Reflection: "Don't be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall. Every day make a new beginning"
St Frances de Sales
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a little kinder to myself. I need to lighten up a little.
A cheerful heart is excellent medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
"Accept Your Troubles, Com'on Get Happy"...
Reflection: Judy Garland sang the above song so beautifully.
If you are grieving, you can decide to be miserable for three months, three years, or thirty years. Which is best for you? Focus on the gift of life as best you can, and not the loss of life. It is possible to decide to be happy even in the most terrible circumstances.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for all that I have been given. Again I ask, teach me to count my blessings.
Those who dwell at the ends of the earth are awestruck by Your wonders. You call forth songs of joy from sunrise to sunset.
Joy Is Beholding God's Presence in All Creation...
Reflection: Walt Whitman once wrote, "A single mouse is a miracle enough to convert a thousand infidels." Faith opens one's eyes to see miracles in ordinary things.
Everything around us is part of God's design. His glory shines forth everywhere - If only we had the eyes to see!
Prayer: Dear God, grant to me an increase of faith that I may see Your glory. Amen
Guide me in Your truth and instruct me, for You are God, my Savior.
Reflection: Life is warfare says Job. The better Christian you are, the more difficult the battle.
You must immediately seek the healing touch of the Lord through prayer when you are wounded or hurt. Jesus is always ready with healing balm.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to turn to You the moment I am beaten down or hurt in any way. I pray to be ready for whatever comes.
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him (Mark 1:16-19).
Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you what your heart desires.
I Will Live Joyfully, No Matter What...
Reflection: The teaching of a great 15th-century mystic, named Blessed Julian of Norwich, inspires us this day with true wisdom.
She wrote, "The greatest honor you can give the Almighty God, greater than all your sacrifices and mortifications, is to live joyfully because of the knowledge of His love."
Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit, fill my soul with gladness.